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Mayaguana Island: A Tiny True Gem

Isolated from the rest of the world, Mayaguana is the easternmost island of the Bahamas. It is a mere 9.5km (6 miles) across at its widest point, and about 39km (24 miles) long. The island boasts a year-round tropical climate and a serene atmosphere. Still retaining its aborigine name, Mayaguana has three main settlements: Pirate's Well on the north coast, Abraham's Bay on the south coast, and Betsy's Bay on the west coast. All three villages reflect the Bahamian spirit and a way of life of days gone by.

Mayaguana IslandWarm People
Mayaguana Island was uninhabited until 1812, when people began to migrate from the nearby Turks Islands. Today, it is home to some 400 pleasant and friendly residents living in three close-knit communities, each not more than 15 minutes from the other. The island, which has maintained its quaintness and charm over the years, is virtually crime free with a quiet, laidback atmosphere. Most of the residents make a living fishing the ocean and farming the fertile soil. Here is an interesting detail: the town of Pirate’s Well is named after a well located in the center of town, which was dug by Pirates who once roamed the waters of The Bahamas.

A Vacation like no Other
Whether you prefer to scuba dive, sunbathe, or both, Mayaguana Island offers a quiet and relaxing getaway for vacationers. This unspoiled, mostly undiscovered slice of The Bahamas is a favorite stopover for yacht enthusiasts. The deep Atlantic waters surrounding the island are rich in conch, fish and shipwrecks, thereby offering exciting adventures to visitors. However, if you prefer a simpler experience with nature, miles of secluded and unblemished beaches await you. Completely undeveloped, the eastern half of the island attracts extreme hikers who enjoy the challenge of trekking without paths.

Unspoiled Beauty
Nature lovers will enjoy the island’s ecological significance; it is home to numerous tropical birds such as the West Indian Flamingo and the Booby. One of Mayaguana’s most famous inhabitants is the Bahama hutia, a cross between a rat and a rabbit, which was thought to be extinct until the mid-1960s. The eastern half of the island is also home to nesting sea turtles.

Mayaguana Island is a rugged vacation destination with no organized activities. The island is an ideal getaway for those wanting to escape the usual pre-packaged, commercial vacations. This secluded and beautiful spot offers sailing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, and of course the much sought-after tropical sun.


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